Fun things to do while visiting Anchorage

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Iditarod 2007—The Last Great Race

The 1049-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Iditarod 2007, will hold the ceremonial start one block from the Captain Cook on Saturday morning, March 3rd, at 10:00 am. The restart is Sunday, March 4th, in Wasilla (about 50 miles north of Anchorage) at 2:00 pm at the Wasilla Sports Complex at the north end of town. For true sled dog racing fans, the musher's banquet is on Thursday, March 1st, at the Sullivan Arena near downtown. Tickets sell out early and are available at race headquarters; call Lois Harter, Banquet Reservations, 907-352-2201.

Fur Rendezvous—Alaska's Midwinter Festival

Since the late 1930s fur trappers have been meeting in Anchorage to thwart cabin fever by celebrating the beginning of the end of winter. Activities include short sled dog races, snow sculpture, snowshoe softball, melodrama theater and fur auctions, among others. The festival runs February 23rd through March 4th all over Anchorage. Check the 2007 event schedule for details.

Tour of Anchorage—Nordic Ski Marathon

See all of Anchorage on Sunday, March 4th as part of the American Ski Marathon Series. Routes are 50K, 40K or 25K.

Alyeska Ski Resort—40 Minutes from Anchorage

The view of the Turnagain Arm fjord may well be the finest view from any ski lift anywhere. The drive to the resort is worth taking even if you don't ski.

Snowshoeing Adventures

Picture snow-laden spruce boughs, small animal tracks and amazing quiet and peace while guided by a local naturalist in a beautiful setting about 30 miles south of Anchorage.

Other Fun Stuff

The Anchorage Convention and Visitor's Bureau has information on a host of activities including skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, hockey, skijoring, sledding, flightseeing, and northern lights viewing.